What To Think About
Aprepitant should be used only under the supervision of a Reference medical oncologist Opens New Window or Reference hematologist Opens New Window. It is approved for use only in combination with ondansetron and dexamethasone for the treatment of nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy. It also may do a better job than other drugs at controlling nausea and vomiting that occurs more than 1 day after treatment.
Aprepitant interacts with many other drugs. Be sure that your doctor knows all the prescription and Reference over-the-counter Opens New Window drugs you are taking.
Blood-thinning drugs, such as warfarin, may not work as well when you take aprepitant. If you are taking a blood thinner, you will need frequent blood tests to make sure that your dose is high enough.
Aprepitant decreases the effectiveness of birth control pills. If you are taking birth control pills, your doctor will help you choose another method of birth control.
Aprepitant has been approved for use by adults older than 18. The safety of this drug for use in children has not been tested.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: December 17, 2010|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Brian Leber, MDCM, FRCPC - Hematology